EXECUTIVE EDITOR BIOGRAPHY
Don Fass is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and online editor. He is the founder of Streetcats Foundation for Youth, Executive Director of the National Childrens Coalition and Executive Director of Teen-Anon 12-Step Recovery.
As a journalist, Don's career goes back to age 17, when he was the youngest reporter ever credentialed to cover the White House, State Department, United Nations and NASA's Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs.
He was the co-founder of American Radio News, one of the first two radio-only audio news services, an editor at ABC Radio Network, UPI Audio, Scholastic Magazines, Prodigy Online and AOL.
A New York radio news director at 19, he is also one of two broadcasters credited with first establishing pop/rock music on FM.
He spent 18 years as an investigator reporter for major outlets.
Don has covered events and personalities from the Kennedys to Apollo 11, The Beatles to the U.N. Security Council, the Oscars and Grammys to Live-Aid, from 22 countries and over 300 major radio stations
In 1994, he created SC Metro Online, which now has more than 40 award-winning web sites, including Entertainment Network News, Get-It Online, The Web Zones, City Central, Bizday, SF Today, Beyond the Galaxy, PM News, Get-Sports, Cool-Email, City Women and many others.
His journalism career has been featured in Broadcasting Magazine, Variety, The New York Times, on Voice of America and the CBS Radio Network.
Don embarked on a second, parallel career in the 1970's, helping people, particularly youth through sensitivity training, empowerment and 12-step growth groups.
He is the founder of Streetcats Foundation for Youth, National Childrens Coalition and more recently, Teen-Anon 12-step recovery. Each group is nationally known and serves thousands of parents, kids and teens off the web and over 3 million more through its youthandchildren.net, kidsurfer.org, teensurfer.com and teen-anon.com websites.
Don trained with Jack Canfield (author of the best-selling Chicken Soup books), Bernard Gunther, Will Schutz and other group leaders from Esalen Institute and received substance abuse counselor training at the New School for Social Research in New York, UC-Berkeley, Western Addictions Institute and UC-San Diego, La Jolla.
He has lectured at Rutgers University, Queens College, Xavier University, New York University and conducted workshops for the National Association of Social Workers, Association for Humanistic Psychology, Generation One, Anthos and numerous growth centers and been a group leader over 15-years for Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, Cocanon and a counselor at Thunder Road Teen Rehab and other youth centers..
He has appeared as a guest on major TV and radio programs with Barbara Walters, Phil Donahue, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Barry Farber, Hugh Downs and Tom Snyder and been written about in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press, Fox Health Network, Fox News, Parade Magazine, ANG Newspapers (Oakland Tribune, Fremont Argus, others), Philadelphia Inquirer and on numerous talk radio shows, KABC-TV New York, Midday-Live, Good Morning N.Y. and many more!
He is considered a prime human relations resource, particularly in the areas of youth resources and behavior, about street kids and runaways and teen-substance abuse.
Don was nominated to Who's Who in America for 1999-2000.
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